Survey of Radar Simulation Training at ATC Field Facilities.
Final rept. Jun 77-Mar 78,
NATIONAL AVIATION FACILITIES EXPERIMENTAL CENTER ATLANTIC CITY N J
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The results of a system-wide review of the current air traffic control enroute and terminal radar simulation training capability are discussed. Teams of air traffic controllers from NAFEC and from the field, with engineering support, visited 10 en route air traffic control centers and 17 terminals equipped with Automated Radar Terminal Systems ARTS III. Training personnel from three other ARTS III facilities were interviewed. It was found that the field simulation systems, although originally designed only as software checkout tools, now provide the field facilities with a radar training capability far surpassing that previously possible. However, despite the generally wide acceptance and acclaim given this new capability, shortcomings were uncovered which limit the training effectiveness and full utilization of the system. These shortcomings, including problems with equipment, software, staffing, etc., are identified and discussed. Specific recommendations are made for the purpose of enhancing air traffic control radar simulation training in field facilities, including software modifications, increased staffing, improved communications, and, in terminals, an increased number of displays. Author
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